Community Partners

I believe very strongly in being involved in the community I live in, not just living and working here, but also by getting to know the people, the history, the stories, and by being an active participant in creating a healthy, thriving neighborhood, city, country, and world.  As an artist in my studio, it is easy to become isolated in my work, but I have found that being intentional about getting out and connecting to others is a reciprocal relationship that not only benefits others, but fills me up with renewed creative energy for my studio work.   I recognize I am only a tiny part of a large and diverse community of people, many of them with more experience and knowledge and deeper roots here than myself.  When I take part in activism and volunteering, it is always with a learning posture and desire to be of assistance to those who have been doing this work for a long time.

By purchasing my small batch hand made pots, you are also helping in the following efforts to create a better a world.  I partner with the following organizations in various ways, including organizing empty bowls fundraising events and donations sales, sharing information, monthly monetary support, community organizing, and regular attendance at local meetings.

 

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PDX Alliance for Self Care

At PDX Alliance for Self-Care (PDX ASC), our mission is to connect marginalized and vulnerable communities with self-care resources, practitioners, education, events, and advocacy.

Dig Deep - The Navajo Water Project

Navajo are 67 times more likely than other Americans to live without running water or a toilet in their home. This is an injustice. The Navajo Water Project is a community-managed utility alternative that brings hot and cold running water to homes without access to water or sewer lines.

It's the first system of its kind in the United States.

Raices

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.

National Bail Out

The National Bail Out collective is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.

The Karaam Foundation

Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to help people help themselves.
We seek to restore the dignity and quality of life for people affected by conflict by eliminating barriers
to success through innovative education, entrepreneurial development, and community-driven aid.

Guided by the aspirations of the people we serve,
we pursue this mission with compassion, transparency, and generosity.